(PresidentialWire.com)- Former President Donald Trump has defended his 2020 phone call to Brad Raffensperger, the secretary of state for Georgia, saying that it was “absolutely perfect,” while criticizing Fani Willis, the district attorney for Fulton County, for threatening to impose jail time on those found guilty in her election investigation.
Trump made the remark in a message released on September 19 through his Save America PAC.
It occurs amid an investigation into alleged efforts by Trump and some of his cronies to rig the 2020 election. Willis, a Democrat, is leading the election investigation, which was started last year. Willis has been collaborating with a grand jury to persuade Georgian authorities to look into the problem.
According to Willis, a “multi-state, coordinated plot by the Trump campaign to affect the results of the November 2020 elections in Georgia and elsewhere” is the foundation of the investigation.
Trump blasted Willis for “spending practically all of her waking hours, which aren’t many, on trying to prosecute a very popular president” in a statement on Monday.
When discussing rampant election fraud in Georgia, he said that Willis had based her prospective accusations on attempting to identify a little word or phrase (that isn’t there) during a PERFECT phone call.
He added that during his conversation with Raffensperger, “several lawyers and other officials who were aware on the line” had “no problems with the call” and “didn’t raise any objections or complaints about anything that I said on the call which could have been perceived as inappropriate.”
In his words, the investigation was “strictly a political witch hunt.”
During the phone call in question, which occurred in January 2021, Trump requested that the secretary of state look into Georgia’s suspected voter fraud.
According to Willis, during the call, Trump wanted to “find” the additional 11,000 votes required to win the state. Raffensperger declined, pointing out that the state had conducted multiple recounts of the vote tally.
While Raffensperger and other close Trump loyalists and advisers have testified before the special grand jury, Willis’ investigation has significantly broadened in recent months.
Other witnesses include Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, and attorney Rudy Giuliani, who defended Trump in the 2020 election.
Soon after Willis told The Washington Post in an interview that anybody participating in the alleged attempts to change the election results may face jail time, Trump defended his phone call with Raffensperger.
The claims are severe. People risk receiving prison sentences if they are indicted and found guilty, said Willis.
Willis said that “a decision is going to have to be made” and predicted that it would be made “late this fall” regarding whether or not Trump would be called to testify before the special grand jury.